Guinea-Bissau state employees end strike
28 May 2012, 17:27
Bissau - State employees in Guinea-Bissau resumed
work Monday after going on strike in the wake of a military coup on 12
April, an AFP correspondent reported.
At the small west African
country's government building located on the northern outskirts of
Bissau, which houses 12 ministries, administrative staff were back at
"We asked our members to show up for work today. More than
90% have heeded this call," Estevao Gomes Company, secretary general of
the National Union of Workers of Guinea (UNTG), the biggest trade union
in the country, told AFP.
State employees had been on strike since the UNTG and most other unions urged them to stop work on 16 April.
UNTG, believed close to the ousted ruling party, had urged its members
to wait for a new government before going back to work.
government was named on 22 May to lead a year-long political transition
in Guinea-Bissau, which is prey to chronic instability and has in recent
years become a hub for drug running between South America and Europe.
During the strike, hospitals provided a minimum service but the capital and the country at large were paralysed.
The new government had called for an end to the stoppage, promising to soon resolve the problem of wage arrears.
The civil service in Guinea-Bissau employs more than 13,000 people.
for the political transition will be provided by a west African force
of more than 600 men, who completed their arrival in Bissau on Sunday.